Progressive Long Run & Repetitive Eats

by Jillian on February 21, 2012 · 11 comments

I’ve been eating the same food now for weeks. Are you sick of seeing sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, white beans, and brown rice? I’m not sick of tasting it, so get used to it! Last night’s dinner was inspired by “I still have brown rice in the cabinet” and “I just bought fresh produce”.


I started out by cooking the rice, adding white beans & coconut oil and spicing it up with cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, and lemon.


While the rice was cooking, I baked sweet potatoes, mushrooms, brussels, zucchini, and yellow squash at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. I simply sprayed them with olive oil and sprinkled on garlic and s&p.


Lastly, I decided to make a side salad. I don’t normally make salads with dinner, but I’ll tell ya, Lauren sure has me craving them when she posts her delectable salad photographs every day! I found this dressing in the fridge that I bought from Target a while ago. I love Panera’s strawberry poppy seed salad (which is only available seasonally), but I think I the main reason is because of the dressing. When I spotted it, I had to buy it!


I mixed it with fresh organic baby spinach, blackberries, sliced almonds, and asiago cheese.


Somehow, eating took away my sore throat. But only for a little while. I went to bed with it and woke up with it. I have a feeling it’s the heat and that I should whip out the humidifier to sleep tonight.


When I take a rest day, I always come back ready to run! I did a progressive long run today, starting out similar to last week’s 6 miler, but upping the ante for the second half.

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I hit 7 miles a little after the 60 minute mark. I cooled down for a few minutes and did some stretching before we headed home for breakfast.



Again, same old stuff here! I did a take on Ashley’s breakfast bake. I always heat up coconut oil in the bowl and spread it around before microwaving the mixture. It helps it from sticking to the bowl.


  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior protein powder
  • 1T flax meal
  • 2T unsweetened shredded coconut
  • .5t vanilla extract
  • 4T almond milk + more if necessary to spread mixture

I mashed it all up, popped it in the microwave for 3 minutes and topped it with homemade dark chocolate coconut peanut butter.


I combined:

  • 2T PB2 (peanut butter powder)
  • 1t. Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
  • 1t agave nectar
  • 1T + 1t almond milk (more if you desire a runny consistency)
  • 1T unsweetened shredded coconut

This might be my favorite combination so far!


So far, a great start to the morning, aside from the fact that I think the motor in my Sonicare is going. It’s moving super slow and it doesn’t feel like it is cleaning my teeth at all!


Bummer. It probably has to do with the fact that between Joe and I, it gets used at least 4 times a day! Thankfully, my wonderful mother offered to use a Best Buy gift card that she had to order me a new one from online.

  • Do you tend to eat the same foods for week at a time? What is one food that you could eat every day and not get sick of? I’d have to say peanut butter, sweet potatoes, and bananas. I know, that’s 3. I cheated.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren February 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Awww, so happy I could give you a little salad inspiration! :)


2 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with repetitive eats! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Right? Right! I am a total creature of habit too (which is why I stopped posting everything I eat a long time ago…WAY too boring!)

I’d love to get my hands on a bottle of Panera Poppyseed Dressing. I’ve never seen it at Target, but maybe that’s because I haven’t been looking. :)

Happy Tuesday, love! xoxo


3 Caitlin February 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I’m definitely with you on the sweet potatoes, bananas and peanut butter! All three are on repeat for me. Also roasted broccoli.


4 Marilyn February 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Your dinner looked delicious, especially the salad. I eat the same meals over and over again, too. As long as they are healthy, it’s great. My latest favorite is a slight variatiion of one you posted a few weeks ago….spaghetti squash, spinach, and cannelloni beans with Romano cheese. I could eat it every day! I have to get a better knife, though, to cut the squash in half to roast it!


5 Marilyn February 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention that I could ( and usually do) eat peanut butter everyday. Never get sick of it!


6 Chels R. February 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Nothing wrong with repetitive eats! I love eating chobani yogurt for breakfast with chia seeds, I could eat that everyday. Also oatmeal.

GREAT job on your run, speedy!


7 Jillian February 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Thanks girl! :)


8 Ashley @ Freckles & Spice February 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Great job on that long run! I’ve never hit 7 miles. And I’ve reduced my running lately.
All three of those foods your listed are on my top. I’ve declared before that sweet potatoes maybe my favorite food. I do tend to eat a lot of the same things, and lately our palates seem to match. I would add hummus to my list of foods I could eat (and do) everyday.


9 Jillian February 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Ohh yes! I knew I was forgetting something – hummus, of course!


10 Ashley February 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I forgot how delicious blackberries are… I may have to pick some up!


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